Nick Drossos Self-Defense System

Does My Self-Defense System Work In Real Life?

How do I know if the Nick Drossos self-defense system works in real life and for self-defense? I get this question all the time! Whether you’re doing kung fu, karate, Taekwondo, jiu-jitsu – how do you know if what you’re learning works on the street?

Try playing out scenarios

One the best things you could do, and what I do in my training, is play out scenarios. That means put on a helmet, some gear, get two of your friends and ask them to play out scenarios. Pretend you’re coming out of the bathroom, getting out of your car, walking into your house, and have them come at you without knowing their plans. So you’re getting pushed and shoved without knowing when an attack could happen. That’s when you can really apply your training. From the point where there’s people in your face talking and pushing you so that you have to work on your awareness and verbal defense skills simultaneously.

Consider how many moves are required

The second thing I tell people is that anytime you have a self-defense system teaching you more than 2 or 3 steps to a movement, it’s bullshit (in my book). Say you’re learning knife defense – if you’re learning 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 moves, it’s impossible that your attacker will play out those 3 to 5 movements exactly the same way. Play out the same attack 5 times and you’ll see how your attacker has a different response each time. If you want to make it even harder, change the environment or change the attacker. The responses will change every single time, you will never fight the same fight twice.

You can find out really quickly if your training works in a real world fight by pressure testing and by playing out scenarios.

Watch my YouTube video below for more.

Stay safe and stand strong!


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